My Appalachian Trail Memoir
My Appalachian Trail memoir. A life changing and eye opening experience thru-hiking 2200 miles along arguably the most famous and renowned hiking trail in the world.
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Every year several thousand people attempt to complete the entire 2180 miles that make up the Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States. Being the first of the big three hikes in America, it is where long distance hikers go to cut their teeth. After five months of hiking indulgence, many go onto longer trails and bigger experiences.
Keith Foskett had another reason. Dromomania, or the uncontrollable urge to wander, has been part of his life since a child. Hiking is his chosen method to placate his wanderlust and far from struggling with his nomadic tendencies, he has long since embraced them.
With an array of eclectic characters including a world champion juggler, a drug dealer, an Everton fan whose visa is expiring and a sex starved builder from Minnesota, his experience is far from normal.
Battling a fear of snakes, bears, being in the woods after dark and his own demons, he discovers the physical aspect difficult, not to mention the psychological battles.
Weaving a route through some of America’s wildest landscapes and history, his adventure is told with insight, humour, reflection and poignancy.
“A highly anticipated Appalachian Trail memoir, and well worth the wait.”
Daniel Neilson (The Great Outdoors Magazine)
“Long distance hikes are simultaneously life-affirming and total agony. Walking 2000 miles would be a phenomenal journey wherever in the world you did it. To tackle the legendary Appalachian Trail is a truly special experience, and one I dream of attempting sometime in my life. Amongst the bears, moose and rattlesnakes, climbing to 2000 metres, and countless aches and pains lives the memory of a special journey, the wonderful people who briefly share the experience with you, and the knowledge that lasts long after the final blister has healed. It’s a lifetime’s worth of adventurous memories crammed into one simple walk.”
Alastair Humphreys (Author, adventurer and a National Geographic Adventure of the Year)
“With thru-hiking gaining in popularity, many look to the Appalachian Trail to test out their trail legs, and discover why it holds the reputation it does.
The wilds of this planet are serene, peaceful and offer the chance to break away from a normal existence. Keith’s wonderful perspective of the trail reflects this freedom.”
Jennifer Pharr Davis (Author and record holder for the fastest ever thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail).
“An entertaining and inspiring account of one of the world’s longest walks and the people who walk it. Keith is a perfect walking companion for the ups and downs of the trail – his easy and understated style kept me turning the pages.
Essential reading for those contemplating their own big adventure.”
David Lintern (Editor – Outdoor Enthusiast Magazine)
“This book is for anyone who’s ever dreamed about a big adventure, as Fozzie spins a funny, thought-provoking and inspiring tale of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. You’ll be handing in your notice and packing up your rucksack as soon as you’ve finished reading.”
Jenny Walters (Country Walking Magazine)
“Long distance backpacking trips can be monotonous, and it’s often the same story for most books about them. Balancing on Blue is something completely different and once again, Keith invites you to the world that he calls home.
Be prepared for great story telling, unique and interesting characters, humour and insight.”
Andrew Skurka (Long distance hiker, adventurer and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2007).
“Following on from his entertaining account of his Pacific Crest Trail hike, The Last Englishman, Keith Foskett tackles the Appalachian Trail. Written with his usual energy and style the book covers motivation and the story of the trail as well as his personal hike. A good read for anyone interested in long distance journeys.”
Chris Townsend (Hiker, author and TGO columnist).
“Getting deep inside the mind of a long distance hiker on the Appalachian Trail. 2,160 miles on one of America’s most iconic treks.”
Rosie Fuller (Adventure Travel Magazine)